Esk Valley / 2016 The Hillside Malbec/Cabernet Franc/Merlot - 6 x 75cl.

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Esk Valley / 2016 The Hillside Malbec/Cabernet Franc/Merlot

COUNTRY/REGION: New Zealand/Hawkes Bay.

GRAPES: 40% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Franc and 27% Merlot.

ABV: 14%

This wine is sourced from the famed “the Terraces” vineyard. This limestone-based vineyard on the northwest facing hillside at the old Esk Valley winery site in Bay View has long been known for its ability to make elegant and complex wine.

VINEYARDS: The individual vineyard parcels were hand-harvested and destemmed to a single 85-year old concrete fermenter. The fermentation was gently managed with hand plunging and a period of maceration followed to soften tannins and add complexity. The new wine underwent malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques and then given a further 18 months ageing. The wine was then bottled without fining and filtration.

WINEMAKING: This was a growing season of two halves, and quite unlike any I have encountered in my 25 years as winemaker at Esk Valley. Initially Spring was cool and the season running slightly late until mid December when a period of prolonged heat and dry conditions pushed the Hawkes Bay region into drought. Conditions at flowering had been good and an even berry size and good bunch numbers looked promising. By mid February the province was parched. Vineyards had been bunch thinned and netted, all we had to do was wait. Then over 100mm of rain fell in a 24 hour period before the weather brightened again, leaving the province green in the lead up to harvest. Harvest began in early March with intermittent periods of rain and dry spells. Picking decisions were made quickly as the weather offered its windows of opportunity. This was a very short harvest lasting a few days over four weeks.

DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.

As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.